The Controversy on the Conceptual Foundation of Space-Time Geometry

시공간 기하학의 개념적 기초에 대한 논쟁

  • Published : 2009.08.31


According to historical commentators such as Newton and Einstein, bodily behaviors are causally explained by the geometrical structure of space-time whose existence analogous to that of material substance. This essay challenges this conventional wisdom of interpreting space-time geometry within both Newtonian and Einsteinian physics. By tracing recent historical studies on the interpretation of space-time geometry, I defends that space-time structure is a by-product of a more fundamental fact, the laws of motion. From this perspective, I will argue that the causal properties of space-time cannot provide an adequate account of the theory-change from Newtoninan to Einsteinian physics.

뉴턴과 아인슈타인의 시공간에 대한 표준적 해석에 의하면 독립적으로 존재하는 시공간이란 존재자가 물체의 운동을 인과적으로 설명한다. 이 논문은 뉴턴과 아인슈타인의 시공간을 해석하는 이 견해를 비판적으로 고찰한다. 이두 이론에서 시공간을 해석하는 최근 과학사와 과학철학의 연구를 중심으로 필자는 시공간 구조가 운동법칙의 부산물이지 그 반대가 아님을 주장한다. 이러한 시공간의 동역학적 견해를 통해 시공간이 가지는 인과적 속성이 뉴턴물리학에서 아인슈타인 물리학으로의 이론변화의 발전에 의미 있는 기능을 하지 못하였음을 주장할 것이다.


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